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April 15, 2014

Neumann Takes Triple Petit Tour Podiums


Team Durango’s resident European Champion, Jörn Neumann, has returned from the Petit RC Race with triple first place podium finishes.

Jörn raced 2WD and 4WD Buggy and also competed in 4WD Short Course. He was fastest across all three classes, taking first and TQ honours with his DEX410v4 and DESC410v2. The second leg of the Petit European Tour was hosted in Dortmund at Europe’s largest consumer model fair. 88,000 visitors had the chance to watch the fastest racing talent the region has to offer.

The expectant crowd were keen to see the current 2WD EFRA Euro Champ in action and they were not to be disappointed. Jörn flew to his triple victory domination in style, showing the awesome versatility of the Team Durango 1/10 electric off-road race range.

The Team Durango DESC410Rv2 was also in able to take the four top positions in the Short Course class, making it a solid performance for Team Durango at this popular racing event.

We send congratulations to Jörn and look forward to seeing more multiple podium finishes from him as 2014 develops.

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March 13, 2014

EOS Double Podium – DESC410v2

Filed under: Hall Of Fame,News,Team Driver — Tags: , , , , , — Stuart @ 11:24 am


The recently contested Slovakian round of the annual EOS race calender has provided Team Durango with a double podium place finish in the Short Course racing class.

Pro Team Durango racing star Jörn Neumann was happy to take first overall, with young Czech off-road racer Kaja Novotny taking third overall. Both racers flew to podium finishes racing the DESC410v2 Short Course Truck.

We send our congratulations to Jörn and Kaja for a great performance, and look forward to seeing more exciting off-road racing from the Team Durango European Pro team very soon.

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March 3, 2014

Novotny Takes Triple Podium & TQ


Czech Team Durango racing star Kaja Novotny has returned from last weekend’s seventh round of the Lestr Cup with yet another clean sweep of all classes!

Kaja has continued his formidable recent track form by taking his DEX210v2 to victory and TQ honours in 2WD Buggy. Kaja then blasted through the 4WD Buggy class to take the overall win and TQ, with his DEX410v4. With the Short Course class left to run, Kaja made easy work of his rival racers as he flew to an overall victory and another TQ finish with his DESC410v2 Short Course Truck.

It was to be an truly conclusive set of victories for Team Durango in Prague, as Kaja also secured the fastest single lap in every class. This young man is getting faster every time he races with Team Durango products.


The event also catered for new-comers to the RC racing world, with Petr Vetesnik taking overall TQ and win in the Hobby Racer category with his DEX210. Proving the flexibility of the DEX210 platform in the hands of all ability levels.

We share our sincere thanks and utmost admiration for Kaja and his father Karel. Their current run of multiple podium wins, across various racing classes, should inspire us all.

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February 26, 2014

Team Driver Interview – Kaja Novotny – Czech Republic


Young Czech racer Kaja Novotny has quickly developed into an off-road RC success story. Having won his first racing trophy at the age of eight, Kaja, with the support of his father Karel, has ascended the ranks of European off-road racing with a rather enviable reputation for multiple podium places at the meetings he attends. 562 racing trophies attained so far by Kaja. Are we seeing the rise of a future European Champion?

Kaja, often referred to as Charlie by his friends in the UK, has been representing Team Durango for a few years, and during this time has carved a winning record that some racers struggle to achieve in a life-long career behind the radio transmitter.

We thought it was the perfect time to sit down with Kaja and ask him some questions about his relationship with not just the world of RC, but Team Durango products. Kaja is a real inspiration to young racers all over the world, and his commitment to taking Team Durango products to the winners spot make him a great ambassador for our brand.

Kaja Novotny answers our questions with the poise and maturity of a racer who is decades older than his years.

Kaja Navotny Interview – February 2014

Team Durango – At what age did you win your first RC trophy?

Kaja –  I won my first RC trophy when I was 8 years old. It was my second RC car
race, when I won junior class in stock touring car.

Team Durango – How many RC trophies have you won since your career started?

Kaja – I had to count them to answer this question, and the answer is 562. More than half of them I have won with Team Durango cars.


Team Durango – Who got you interested in RC racing?

Kaja – It was my Dad. He took me to the Lestr cup race in Cezch Republic to show me how the race
looks and asked me, if I want to try that. I said yes, and my father bought me Tamiya RTR car. Few weeks later I raced on my first race.

Team Durango – What is your favorite Team Durango product and please explain why?

Kaja – Its difficult to say, as I like all of them and would like to keep all of them, but what I really love, it is DEX 410. It was my first Team Durango car and it bought me many good results, which would be difficult to get without such a perfect car. I always liked to drive RC cars, but since I have got it, I really enjoy it. Also, as it is the “oldest” Team Durango car, we are quite familiar with it, know how to set the car for different track conditions, which is a great advantage. Another great thing is that the 410 DNA remains basically the same as it was in the beginning, with a wide range of performance enhancements, which make it better every version update.  It is still the fastest 4WD buggy in the world. When we got the first one, father said that it is the only racing car out of all RC buggies. I tend to agree 😉

Team Durango – When you are racing, for the five minutes that you must concentrate, what goes through your mind as you are driving?

Kaja –  I just think about each corner and jump, try to concentrate just on my car. I always try and find a little time to check on the progress of my rivals.


Team Durango – How often do you work on your cars away from the track?

Kaja – That is a little problem as I am really busy with school. My Dad helps out lots with preparing my cars. When I am home I also get involved, but usually I am studying. Next year I will have more spare time, as I have chosen to drop some subjects at school. This means I will be able to focus on my best school subjects and get more involved with my Team Durango cars. I am really looking forward to this.

Team Durango – Who is your favorite RC racer of all time and why?

Kaja – Probably no one will be surprised when l say that it is Jorn Neumann. He is really great person, helps us a lot on each race when we are together. I mainly respect him for his ability to drive on the edge in so many different classes and being everywhere on the very top. 1/10 2WD and 4WD Buggy, 4WD Short Course, 1/8 Electric Buggy and Truggy, 1/8 Nitro Buggy and Truggy, he performs at the highest level in every class!


Team Durango – Your father is a huge part of your RC racing career. Please explain how he supports you both at the race meetings you attend and when you are away from the track?

Kaja – I couldn’t race without my father, I wouldn’t have even begun. As I said, I am often busy with school and the preparation of cars goes to him. He also has to work on the cars during race meetings, as I usually drive three classes. I mostly drive or marshal, but when I don’t I try to help. Father also gives me advice as he can watch other racers and tell me where they are faster. When we are not at races, we mostly still discuss RC cars, but more about what is happening in the world RC scene than about us.

Team Durango – What is your favorite school subject and why?

Kaja – I love English. As I speak a lot with my RC friends from other countries, school tests and conversations are easy for me.

Team Durango – What RC race would you most like to win and why?

Kaja – I always dreamed to attend Reedy Race and to win such a race would be really awesome, but, dreams are to dream and I don‘t think so that this one would come true. And why you may ask?  Reedy race is the race of the best drivers in the world, it would be great to be champion of champions.


Team Durango – Describe Team Durango in just four words?

Kaja – Winning, Durable, Co-operative, Friendly

Team Durango – What are your plans for your racing future?

Kaja – I would like to continue racing as long as I will have free time to spare. If it is possible, I would like to go more often to bigger races in other countries.


Kaja wanted to share these words with his fans and Team Durango racing colleagues:

“I would like to thank to Team Durango, to my parents and to sponsors for the support which I appreciate very much and fully realise how much they are doing for me especially now, during this difficult period of the world economy.

A special thanks to Rob Hopkins from Team Durango, because it is thanks to him that I am here. He decided to support me, when I was an unknown kid from a small country in Eastern Europe. This I will have always in mind and both of us, my father and I, are trying to give help to other kids as much as we can.

And last but not least I have to thank to Gerd Strenge, firstly for designing such a great cars and secondly for his help and advice during EOS races” – Kaja Novotny – Team Durango

We send our thanks to Kaja and Karel Novotny and wish them well for the rest of 2014.

If you are a young racer who wants to be the fastest at your local club and beyond, follow Kaja and his mature philosophy. Study hard, and race to win, no matter where you compete.

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February 17, 2014

Ryan Lutz Triple Win & Triple TQ – Motorama 2014

Filed under: Hall Of Fame,News,Team Driver — Tags: , , , , , , — Stuart @ 4:52 pm


Lutz Sweeps Three Classes – 36th Annual Motorama

Team Durango are very excited to share the news of a clean sweep for Ryan Lutz at the 2014 Motorama event in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, USA.

Eletric 1/8 Buggy, win. Electric 1/8 Truggy, win. Electric 1/10 Short Course, you guessed it, win.

Ryan battled through three classes of hot paced action, with a huge attendance of RC’s fastest racers making it to the event, 700 in total, despite the heavy snow fall over the past few weeks across the mid-west and east coast.

Ryan came home with TQ honours and first overall with his DEX408v2, DEX408T and DESC410v2 vehicles. He raced  a total of nine rounds of qualifying across his chosen classes, and he TQd eight of them!

To add to this awesome set of results, Ryan was able to win his E-Buggy ‘A’ main final by 10 seconds, stating that his DEX408v2 was dialed from the first run. The Lutzinator was truly victorious with Team Durango.


Big lights, big track, big wins

Considering Ryan had experienced two cancelled flights due to the snow storms prior to this event, he once again showed his professional composure. We send our sincere thanks and congratulations to Ryan for his triple win, triple TQ and his 10 second leading win. What a great weekend for us all.

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JRT France – Team Durango Mega-Fans

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We have recently become further aware of a dedicated group of Team Durango racers in France called JRT. They promote their racing achievements through a web Blog, and are huge fans of Team Durango products. Not only do these guys share their passion for our products with the world, but they also spend countless hours creating a host of cool Team Durango themed items to further promote their love of our cars.

Racing is often a sport that breeds the stifled engineer in many participants. This keen interest in how we engineer our products can be seen with everything that JRT promote for us, including some rather nice home-brew Team Tech Tip items that we like very much.

The JRT technique of adding diff-oil signifying colour dots to their differential cases is a great example of how the guys are promoting the Team Durango philosophy of design evolution.


Colour-coded diff oil ‘dots’ for fast and easy recognition in the pits

Close affiliates with our Team Durango France super-star Antoinne Rossetti, JRT create really good build tutorials and set-up guides on their Blog. It is always a great inspiration to find racers who choose Team Durango precision manufactured products to help them win.


A JRT decorated DEX410 4WD Buggy – Chassis vinyl in ‘TD’ wallpaper livery

We send our sincere thanks to JRT for their support and high-quality informative articles. We also share our gratitude with them for taking the time to expose the global race results that are achieved by our Pro racing team.

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January 14, 2014

Novotny Takes DEX410v4 To Victory – Lestr Cup Triple Podium


Team Durango Pro racer Kaja Novotny had an awesome 2013 racing our products, and his 2014 has started with an even bigger bang.

Kaja has recently returned from the fifth round of the ever-popular Lestr Cup in the Czech Republic with three podium places. This triple top three victory was made even more exciting by Kaja piloting the recently released DEX410v4 to a convincing win in 4WD Buggy. This win also included a very pleasing TQ place, showing the race-winning pace of the new DEX410v4 Buggy on high grip carpet.


Kaja followed up with a solid performance in the Short Course class that provided him with a first overall for his DESC410Rv2. To complete his triple podium success, Kaja took second overall in 2WD with his DEX210.

2014 is set to be an extremely exciting year for the young Czech star. We send our congratulations to Kaja and thank him for such a great performance.

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December 3, 2013

Novotny Takes Triple Podium


Team Durango Czech Republic racing star Kaja Novotny has added to his awesome recent off-road form by returning from the third round of the Lestr Cup with a triple podium finish!

Kaja competed in the 2WD Buggy class with his DEX210, and battled some fast local drivers to take an overall first position and TQ. He then went on to add a blisteringly fast Short Course performance with his DESC410Rv2 with a first overall and yet another TQ finish. In the 4WD Buggy class, Kaja piloted his DEX410v4 Buggy to second overall against a wide selection of other experienced off-road racers to complete a solid triple podium finish.

Kaja is set to conclude 2013 with a great collection of results for Team Durango. His ability across all 1/10 and also 1/8 electric racing classes must be commended. We congratulate Kaja and send our thanks for his continued support.

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